Why is the Delta Important?

Crates of pears in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Photo by ZoArt Photography.
Photo by ZoArt Photography

It is a unique natural resource of local, state and national significance and possesses a distinct natural, agricultural and cultural heritage.

It provides water to more than 25 million Californians and three million acres of agricultural land.

It hosts the largest estuary on then west coast of North and South America. The Suisun Marsh is the largest contiguous brackish water marsh on the west coast of North America and a critical part of the Bay-Delta estuary system.

It is home to more than 750 species of plants and wildlife as well as more than 55 species of fish.

An adult and two children walking in the Delta after sunset. Photo by ZoArt Photography.
Photo by ZoArt Photography

It provides migratory waterfowl an important stop on the Pacific Flyway.

It contains more than 500,000 acres of agricultural land that provides food for worldwide distribution.

It is home to more than 500,000 people and 200,000 jobs and contributes over $35 billion to the state’s economy.

It is a world-class recreational destination that attracts nearly 12 million visitors per year.